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Find out if McNair is Right for you!

Are you a student with a love of learning and considering possibly going to graduate school? Are you curious, hard-working, dependable, and able to dedicate a summer to completing an intensive, faculty-mentored research project? YES! Read on to find out if you may qualify for this highly prestigious program.

It is never too early to get started preparing to become a potential scholar! We urge students interested in graduate school and research to meet with their favorite professors and set up their first meeting with McNair staff as early as possible!


Interested in going to graduate school and receiving the benefits that come along with being a McNair scholar? Find out if you meet the eligibility requirements!


Our McNair Program endeavors to engage participants in their educational goals through high-impact practices, which include but are not limited to academic advising, financial literacy, & career counseling.  UWO McNair scholars, who have completed every component of the program, are more likely to be accepted into competitive graduate programs and likely to receive funding in the form of fellowships and assistantships.  

McNair scholars are first-generation college students—meaning their parents/caregivers did not receive a four-year bachelor’s degree—from low-income backgrounds and/or Native American, African American, or Latin. Have you answered yes to all of the eligibility requirements and scheduled an appointment with the McNair Director? If so, you may be ready to apply today!

Benefits to Students

$4,000.00 Paid summer research internship with housing stipend

Financial support to attend conferences


4 free upper division research credits

Graduate school visits

Supportive community and faculty mentoriship

Assistance with graduate school application process

Individualized academic counseling and tutoring

small, in-person seminars and workshops